“Who do you think you are, gringos or something?”
The Dinos were all Mexican-Americans. The music they sang was in English. Neither was acceptable to the crowd that had paid their money at the door. “We didn’t know any Mexican music and were just singing doo-wop,” Abe later recalled. ‘Pretty soon, the whole dance was in an uprising over it. They closed the dance and refunded money (Patoski 21). Johnny Herrera, an owner of a little record shop called House of Music, advised the Dinos, “to get into the Mexican market.” Even though singing in English may come naturally to the boys, in order to survive, they would have to start singing in Spanish (Patoski 25). The Dinos, wanting to continue pursuing music, started changing their musical style in order to survive in the industry, even changing their name to Los Dinos to become more Mexican in nature (Patoski 26). With the changes made, Los Dinos was able to sign with a few labels such as Falcon Records and Bernal Records (Patoski 27).
While Abraham was pursuing his musical career, back at home, Marcella gave birth to their second child, a daughter on June 29, 1967, and named her Suzette Michelle Quintanilla (Patoski 27). Abraham found it difficult to stay on the road with bills mounting up and a family back home. After almost fifteen years of devoting himself to music, Abe realized that it was time for him to leave it all behind and settle down. As hard as it was to step away from his relationship with music at the peak of his career, he would soon realize that he could fulfill his dreams in another way.
Less than a year after Abraham Quintanilla moved his family to Lake Jackson, Texas where he was employed at Dow Chemical Company, the world’s largest petrochemical refinery, Abraham and Marcella welcomed their third child, Selena Quintanilla. (Patoski 29-30).
Born on April 16, 1971, Selena Quintanilla was a bundle of energy. She possessed something special, and it was evident to all who saw her: “Everyone had a feeling that she was destined to be more than the average child. She was so beautiful. She was vibrant… she always had a twinkle in her...